Lenny Wells

  • Thoughts on 2023 Fungicide Schedules

    Fungicide costs, like seemingly everything, have gone up a little this year. Some, like the tin products, have gone up dramatically. When I checked a couple weeks ago, Tin was at $120/gal. This may lead many growers to look for other options aside from Tin when the time comes. However, a word of caution on…

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  • Summary of Low-Input Pecan Trial

    For the last 5 years, we have been conducting a study on the performance of three low-input pecan cultivars—Lakota, Excel, and McMillan—at the UGA Ponder Farm near Tifton. As we have managed this particular orchard, low input in this case, refers to the absence of fungicide applications. The trees received all other normal inputs with…

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  • The UGA Pecan Beginners Class will be held this year in conjunction with the Georgia Pecan Conference. The Conference will be held March 28-30, 2023 in Perry, GA. The Beginners Class is held on March 28 and will include the basics of pecan production form start to finish. See below for the complete schedule of…

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  • Do You Really Need a Herbicide Strip?

    With increasing production costs and lower prices last year, growers are looking for creative ways to reduce the cost of production. With this thought in mind, more than one grower has asked me recently, “Do I really need this herbicide strip all year long?” If you’re talking about an orchard with young trees still in…

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  • Early Budbreak is Here

    Unfortunately, budbreak is arriving much, much earlier than normal. I took the following photos in an Elliot orchard today. Elliot is one of the earliest cultivars to break bud and these were just appearing on some of the suckers growing out from the trunk but its an indication that spring is here. I didnt see…

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  • As Andrew mentioned in the last blog post, Dr. Barman has been seeing consistent flights of ambrosia beetle for several weeks now. We are starting to get calls about hits on new plantings. Budbreak is looking to be early this year. Reports of early budbreak of many plants throughout the Southeastern U.S. by those who…

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  • Hedging and Shredding in Pecan Orchards

    We have been busy over the last week hedge pruning our orchards and research plots at the UGA Ponder Farm near Tifton. Hedge pruning generates a lot of limbs that must be disposed of. This practice is often time consuming and the limbs are piled and burned. There may be a better way to dispose…

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